Sexually transmitted infections
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are spread primarily through person-to-person sexual contact. There are more than 30 different sexually transmissible bacteria, viruses and parasites.
The most common conditions they cause are gonorrhoea, chlamydial infection, syphilis, trichomoniasis, chancroid, genital herpes, genital warts, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and hepatitis B infection.
Several, in particular HIV and syphilis, can also be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy and childbirth, and through blood products and tissue transfer.
WHO programmes and activities
- Global strategy for the prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections
- Elimination of congenital syphilis
- Global incidence and prevalence of selected curable sexually transmitted infections – 2008
- Training modules for the syndromic management of sexually transmitted infections